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Escorted Rail Tours to Cologne

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Cologne was raised to a 'colony' (hence the name), with city status by the Romans in 50 AD, and was later absorbed into the Gallic Empire, becoming the capital from 260-271. The city was highly prized by both of these communities, due mainly to its location on the River Rhine, which placed it at the intersection of the major trade routes east and west, and was the basis of Cologne's growth. In addition to this, several saints were martyred in the city and the relics of the Three Magi were acquired from Milan. Cologne then also became a centre of ecclesiastical importance, as well as a pilgrimage centre, meaning the city continued to prosper in the middle ages as a result. Following a slight decline in the city's fortunes, Cologne experienced something of a renaissance in the 18th century with a recipe involving distilling flower blossoms in alcohol. This 'toilet water' achieved worldwide fame as eau de Cologne.

Although Cologne was badly damaged in the Second World War, the Cathedral survived, and extensive restoration work has since taken place throughout the city. In the modern age Cologne has reclaimed its old role as a major trade and business centre - now a radio and television metropolis, and a beer city, with over twenty breweries producing Kölsch, the distinctive local beer. Whilst in Cologne you really ought to visit the vast Cathedral. The foundation stone was laid in 1248, and it was finally completed in 1880. Called "the mother of all German churches", it is one of the largest Gothic structures ever built, and its size reflects its power - it is the seat of the Primate of Germany. The Cathedral was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1996, and today you can see the relics of the Three Magi, and climb the south tower for a spectacular view of the city and the Rhine.

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Christmas in the Tyrol

Innsbruck, our base in the Tyrol, is ideal for yuletide trips to pretty Kufstein, medieval Rattenberg and the Alpine town of Seefeld. The Zillertalbahn steam railway is a real highlight, as it winds its way up to the winter resort of Mayrhofen through stunning scenery.

Departs in December 2016.
9 days from £1,475per personView tour details
Premium Rhine Cruise

Join us on the wonderful MS Amadeus Silver II as we cruise our way through Germany along the romantic River Rhine. From Amsterdam in Holland, we explore charming medieval wine towns, admire the breathtaking scenery of the Rhine Gorge and then cross into France, exploring charming Strasbourg before ending in the Swiss city of Basel.

Departs from April 2017 to September 2017.
8 days from £1,890per personView tour details
First Class Glacier Express in Winter

Spectacular views and stunning scenery have made the Glacier Express from Brig to Chur famous the world over. Shimmering winter peaks and sugar-frosted forests provide a picture-postcard backdrop to our wonderful winter rail adventure, taking in some of the very best that Switzerland has to offer.

Departs from January 2017 to March 2017.
10 days from £1,895per personView tour details
Grand Tour Of Switzerland

Journey through the heart of the Alps on this grand tour of majestic Switzerland. Visit the picturesque cities of St Gallen and Lucerne, explore delightful Lugano and Bern and experience wonderful Swiss rail over and around the spectacular Swiss peaks.

Departs from June 2017 to September 2017.
12 days from £2,995per personView tour details
Glacier Express & St Moritz

Dramatic mountain scenery and beautiful lakes provide the setting for this magnificent tour, as we take the iconic Glacier Express through the Swiss Alps, staying in glamorous St Moritz, and Zermatt, where we enjoy breathtaking views of the Matterhorn.

Departs from May 2017 to September 2017.
10 days from £2,495per personView tour details
Glacier Express in Winter (Chur-Kandersteg)

This adventurous twin-centre rail holiday provides ample opportunity to explore the majestic Swiss Alps cloaked in their winter finery, and to enjoy our trip on the famous Glacier Express, surely the slowest, and certainly one of the most scenic 'express' trains in the world.

Departs from January 2017 to March 2017.
8 days from £1,195per personView tour details
Fairytale Castles & Bavarian Alps

Whimsical palaces and gingerbread castles set the theme of our fairy-tale rail tour, during which we relax in the wonderful Bavarian countryside, visit the capital of Bavaria, Munich, and take a trip by train up the Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany.

Departs from May 2017 to September 2017.
10 days from £1,695per personView tour details
Lindau & Lake Constance

Charming castles in both Austria and Germany, and mighty Zeppelins can be seen on this wonderful rail tour. Our base is on the pretty island of Lindau at Lake Constance, a huge expanse which is bordered by three countries.

Departs from May 2017 to September 2017.
10 days from £2,045per personView tour details
Jungfrau Express in Winter

Take in some of Switzerland's finest winter scenery on this magnificent holiday. From our base in the wonderfully unspoilt town of Meiringen, we visit the lakeside town of Lucerne, ride a carriage in the mountain village of Grindelwald, and take a trip to the 'Top of Europe' on the famous Jungfrau Railway.

Departs from January 2017 to March 2017.
9 days from £1,795per personView tour details
Austrian Alps All-Inclusive

Explore the mighty Austrian Alps on this wonderful tour to one of Europe's most scenic and alluring countries. From our base in the enchanting Tyrolean town of St Johann, we discover the majesty of the Grossglockner High Alpine Road and enjoy a heritage railway journey through the dramatic Ziller Valley.

Departs from May 2017 to September 2017.
10 days from £1,645per personView tour details
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Sightseeing in Cologne
Cologne's Old Town, which has been carefully restored to preserve its pre-war appearance, is also a joy to discover. It spreads from just south of the Cathedral to the bank of the Rhine. Here you can admire the tall and narrow pastel-coloured houses, set out along the Old Town's winding streets, as you wander to the Rhine Promenade for a stroll along the river. There are many traditional brewery taverns close to the Old Town, all of which serve Kölsch beer - brewed only in Cologne. You may wish to visit at least one of these to sample the beer for yourself.

If you have the time to explore further, Cologne boasts an assemblage of both Roman and medieval remains that is unsurpassed in Germany. For example Eigelsteintor, one of the three surviving magnificent city gates, is a short distance north. The other gates, Severinstor and Hahnentor, are further afield but also worth a visit.

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